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Contemporary Neuroscientists

Neurophysiology of Consciousness

Authors: LIBET

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and made insignificant in practice, by selecting for study simple kinds of ex­ periences which are devoid of emotional content and which can be tested for reliability. A simple somatosensory ''raw feel" fulfills these characteristics (see papers nos. 2,5). In any case, if we fail to find ways to use introspective reports in convincingly acceptable studies we would give up the ability to investigate the relation between conscious experience and neural activity, something warned against by William James (Krech, 1969). Another factor in the dearth of direct experimental studies is, of course, the comparative inaccessibility of the human brain for such purposes. Meaningful investigations of the issue in question requires simultaneous study of brain events and introspective reports of experiences in an awake, cooperative human subject. Analysis by neuropsychologists of pathological lesions in the brain and the related disturbances of conscious functions have contributed much to mapping the pos­ sible representations of these functions. The non-invasive recording of electrical activity with electrodes on the scalp, starting from Berger's initial EEG record­ ings in 1929, has contributed much to the problems of states of consciousness and to various cognitive features associated with sensory inputs, but not as much to the specific issue of conscious experience.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Production of Threshold Levels of Conscious Sensation by Electrical Stimulation of Human Somatosensory Cortex

    Libet, B. (et al.)

    Pages 1-34

  • Cortical Activation in Conscious and Unconscious Experience

    Libet, Benjamin

    Pages 35-45

  • Brain Stimulation and the Threshold of Conscious Experience

    Libet, B.

    Pages 47-63

  • Responses of Human Somatosensory Cortex to Stimuli below Threshold for Conscious Sensation

    Libet, B. (et al.)

    Pages 64-67

  • Electrical Stimulation of Cortex in Human Subjects and Conscious Sensory Aspects

    Libet, B.

    Pages 68-116

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Neurophysiology of Consciousness
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Neuroscientists
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-0355-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-0355-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-8176-3538-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-6722-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 404
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